Bridge project as public as possible
In response to the My Turn by north Douglas resident Kaja Brix (Jan. 15), the north Douglas crossing project has been as public as such things can possibly be.

Keep your vehicle idling to a minimum
Why drive a car that gets zero miles to the gallon? Yet that is your mileage whenever your engine idles.

BASE program still operating in Juneau
This is in response to Allison Rhyner's Jan. 12 letter, "Keeping kids in class," which noted the high school BASE program as a past effort to help reduce the dropout rate.

Small-mindedness clashes with Alaskan spirit
Due to his Tuesday letter to the editor, we now know more about Josh Carter's beliefs regarding gay rights and immigrants, than we know about the last salmon that made his or her great sprint upstream on his or her last mating run - something that is far more important to Alaska and something that demands more attention than this man's opinion about sexual companionship.

Affordable housing for those in need
Like Einstein, Newton and other pioneers of yesteryear, we search for the elusive formula, recipe or theory from which the answer to "affordable housing" will spring.

Young people not as likely to be prejudiced
I am writing in response to Josh Carter's letter that was published in Tuesday's Juneau Empire. Let me first say, the reason us "young" people do not respect our elders is because of "old" people like Carter.

Climate change is happening in Alaska
I am very concerned about what is happening to our blue Earth.

Second crossing should be made a toll bridge
The second crossing should be a toll bridge because it will be used almost exclusively by very few, but affluent, Juneauites.

Legislators hope to wrap up work in 90 days
Brian Wallace / Juneau Empire

Photos: Launching the session
The Juneau Convention and Visitors Bureau, Juneau Chamber of Commerce and the city sponsored the Legislative welcome reception.

Lawmakers convene '07 session
An unlikely state Senate coalition of six Republicans and nine Democrats held firm Tuesday during two challenges to its majority rule on opening day of the 2007 legislative session.

Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

City stops fluoridating water; traces will linger in some areas
Although Juneau authorities stopped putting fluoride into the city water system on Monday, the chemical will still be coming out of water taps for days or even months.

Business Digest
Denny DeWitt named to new advocacy job, Chamber luncheons move to new location & Report: Southeast economy on the rise

Residents debate routes for crossing
When a North Douglas crossing was first studied during the mid-1980s, Juneau planners proposed 15 places the bridge could extend over Gastineau Channel.

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers:

Police & Fire
Reports from Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers:


Around Town
Around Town is a listing of local nonprofit events.

City emergency crews brush up on their skills
Charlie Blattner, emergency medical services training officer at Capital City Fire and Rescue, has a simple way of describing his job and that of his fellow EMS workers.

JDHS principal pitches strategy to cut dropout rate
Juneau-Douglas High School principal Bernie Sorenson wants to increase the graduation rate to 90 percent, she said after the Juneau School Board meeting on Tuesday night.

State of the State

Senators: Bill would quicken gas-line appeal
Two Alaska senators are trying to speed up the contract process for a natural gas line - a process mired in a legal battle over development of the state's second largest natural gas field.

Neighbors mailbox
Thank God the Sztuks are carrying on with tradition

Neighbors Digest
The Canvas holds art workshop for ArtAbility, JWAC hosts WorldQuest fundraiser in Juneau, Public invited to First Native Issues Forum today, January is Cervical Health Awareness Month & Tickets to Wearable Art show available Jan. 27

God brings new life out of our hurt souls
January marks my 35th year of life - Jan. 22nd, more specifically.

Pets of the week
Brian, Delores are curious pets

Austerman and Duncan wed
Carol Austerman and Dave Duncan, of Juneau, were married Nov. 19, 2006, at the Holy Resurrection Russian Orthodox Church in Kodiak, with a reception at the Old Power House Restaurant.

Turner and Wilson to wed
Hilary Turner and Seth Wilson, of Juneau, announce their engagement to be married on June 21, 2008, in Juneau.

Photo: Litter Free donates to Floyd Dryden
Standing from left, Litter Free officers John Logan and Laurie Sica present a $600 check to Tom Milliron, principal of Floyd Dryden Middle School.

My turn: There are still opportunities in Alaska
I read Will Morris' article on Alaska's brain drain, "Alaskans more likely to skip or leave for college," in the Juneau Empire on Jan. 8...

Alaska editorial: No more delays on ethics laws
Just in case some reluctant lawmakers needed a reminder - or a kick in the head - why it's imperative that they quickly pass clear and precise ethics legislation this session, they need look only as far as last week's Alaska Public Offices Commission ruling against Anchorage Sen. Ben Stevens.

Alaska editorial: Alaska must quickly resolve allegations against campaigns
No personal offense meant to anyone involved, but decisions and - if necessary - fines must come much quicker in high-profile cases of Alaska campaign law violations.

My turn: Argument to move Legislature is flawed
Mike Staso's My Turn (Wednesday's Juneau Empire) is so full of innuendoes and flawed logic it is hard to know where to begin.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Snowsports corner: Plenty of ways to learn Nordic skiing
With the excellent snow conditions this year, I'm sure many of you have already been out cross-country skiing or have seen others enjoying this sport on ski trails in Juneau.

Liebelt's two goals lift Orange to Tier B victory
Arnold Liebelt's two third-period goals iced the Orange's 6-2 win over the Ice Pirates on Sunday at Treadwell Arena in a Juneau Adult Hockey Association Tier B battle.

Sports in Juneau
Sports in Juneau is a service provided by the Juneau Empire to provide information on upcoming sports and outdoors events in Juneau.

Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll
Here is the first Alaska Sportswriters Prep Basketball Poll of the season for Class 4A teams with records through Jan. 14.

Kayhi presents stiff challenge for the Bears
With a shrinking roster due to injury, the Juneau-Douglas High School girls basketball team will face a stiff test this weekend as it travels to undefeated Ketchikan for two games.

SE roundup: Villarma helps Wrangell girls beat Petersburg to remain perfect this season
Michelle Villarma poured in 34 points and hit 10 of 14 free throws to lead the Wrangell High School girls basketball team to a 47-43 Homecoming win over visiting Petersburg on Saturday in Class 3A.

Unalaska shelves wind power research
On paper, Alaska has some of the best potential for wind power in the nation. But in the wind-scoured Aleutian Island city of Unalaska, leaders have stopped studying wind energy as a source of reliable power.

Northwest Digest
Homicide suspected in death of Fairbanks man, Exxon appealing order to pay for spill, Kodiak tanner crab quota reduced & Suit seeks to enforce ban on booze sales

Photo: Writing the State of the State
Gov. Sarah Palin works on her first State of the State address Tuesday in her office at the Capitol. Palin will deliver the speech at 7 p.m. today to the joint session of the Alaska Legislature.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Palin outlines gas line plan
Gov. Sarah Palin blasted former Gov. Frank Murkowski's abortive gas line contract in her highly anticipated inaugural State of the State speech on Wednesday.

Alaska Digest
Coast guard tows floating fish processor, Tugboat to run this winter in Cook Inlet & Mat-Su assembly votes on prison site

Dental program aims to offer services in rural communities
A new dental training program that opened on Monday is attempting to expand tooth care services in rural Alaska, where cavity rates far exceed the national average and dentists rarely set up shop.

Ex-Fairbanks mayor, wife indicted for embezzlement
Former Fairbanks Mayor Jim Hayes and his wife, Chris, were indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday for allegedly funneling more than $450,000 in government grants to fund construction of a church where he is the pastor.

This Day in History
In Alaska and the nation

Images from another time Mystery photo
The Alaska State Library staff is trying to identify people and activities in historical photos in the library's collection.

Starbucks drops milk products with growth hormone in Alaska, other states
Starbucks Coffee Co. is ending its use of milk products that contain an artificial growth hormone, starting in much of the West and New England.

Parnell pledges help on key Native issues
Alaska's Native communities are facing a crippling series of problems, many of which stem from alcohol abuse, Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell told Native leaders Wednesday.

New passport rules worry Canadians, border states
Canadians and U.S. border-state officials are concerned that rules requiring passports for Americans and other travelers entering the United States will hurt commerce and tourism.

International panel to vote on reducing halibut harvest levels
Charter boat anglers could see the bag limit on halibut decrease from two fish to one this summer under a proposal being voted on this week by the international panel that manages Pacific halibut.

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